An Alabama woman died Thursday night after her husband punched a firefighter who was attempting to perform CPR on her.
Christopher Wade Smith was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief after punching a local fire chief who was trying to save his wife’s life, AL.com reports.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) said it received a call Thursday evening about a woman having an asthma attack. Since the residents in the home were involved in a domestic dispute earlier that day, EMS units arrived first on the scene but initially decided to let sheriff’s deputies lead the way into the home.
“(EMS and Fire) made the decision to stage a short distance away from the residence awaiting law enforcement’s arrival,” an ECSO statement read.
EMS changed their decision when they learned that the woman inside wasn’t breathing and entered the home without police. They went inside to find Smith giving his wife CPR. Fire Chief Michael Tyler attempted to assist Smith’s efforts, but the man punched him in the right eye.
EMS eventually got the woman out of the home and rushed her to a hospital, but she was pronounced dead later that night.
Smith tried to get away but hit a firefighter’s vehicle as he was attempting to drive off.
He is currently being held at the Escambia County Detention Center. Since he was out on bond at the time of the incident, the Escambia County District Attorney’s Office is asking for a judge to deny bond while the investigation continues. Authorities reported that possible homicide charges could follow.
“If it comes back that he caused her death then, certainly there you go we would be looking along the lines of a homicide. Right now we are just doing all the precautionary measures and doing a thorough investigation to find out the facts,” said Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.
His wife was transported to Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy, where they will determine the cause of death.
Fire Chief Tyler reportedly suffered from “serious injury and fractures” from Smith’s attack on him. WEAR-TV reports that Tyler may need eye surgery.
[Feature Photo: Escambia County Detention Center]